Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Placating Pele

Your volcano update for today: Galeras volcano, in Columbia, erupted on Sunday. It was an explosive eruption that was felt 12 miles away, spawing short-lived forest fires. No one was hurt, much in contrast to it's 1993 eruption that killed scientists and locals working on the mountain and injured several others. That incident sparked (ha ha) a heated (ha ha ha!) debate within the volcanologist community, blaming one scientist in particular for ignoring signs and sending the team in to work in the first place. In case you're curious, Stanley Williams' account (the lead scientist and also one severely hurt in the disaster) can be found in his book "Surviving Galeras". Another account, more critical of the decisions made that day, can be found in "No Apparent Danger: The True Story of Volcanic Disaster at Galeras and Nevado del Ruiz".

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